#WCW Alice Brown Davis
Born in 1832 to a Scottish father and Florida Seminole mother, became the first female chief of the Oklahoma Seminole Tribe. The Seminole Tribe was originally from Florida but had been forcibly removed in the late 19th century and sent to the Indian Territory of present day Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Seminoles were part of what is known as the “Five Civilized Tribes”. The others were Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek who had also been relocated from eastern states to the west by the U.S. Government.
Having spent her formative years experiencing the vast upheaval of the changes to tribal life imposed by relocation, she understood her people on a very deep level. She was also a mother to eleven children, a rancher, farmer, postmistress, interpreter, missionary and educator.
She was appointed chief by President Warren G. Harding in 1922. Her compassion and determination to do right by her people made her beloved among both her tribe and outsiders. She lead the way for other female chiefs to lead other tribes. When she died in 1935, her life was described as one of sacrifice for the good of others.